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Join SENSE Earth Observation Training November 2023

The SENSE CDT will be running an Earth Observation training course from 13th – 24th November 2023 (weekdays only), which will be run in person at the University of Edinburgh. We have a small number of places available on this course, and we are delighted to invite UK based PhD students to apply to attend. Successful applicants will join the NERC SENSE CDT PhD students on the training, providing an excellent opportunity for PhD students across the UK to network. The SENSE CDT is on satellite data in environmental science, from which most of the examples will be taken.

The Learning Objectives of the Earth Observation training course include:

The SENSE EO training will introduce students to remote sensing data from satellites, aircraft and UAVs, teach methods of processing through to decision ready data and show how to use EO data for science through case studies. The technologies covered will include passive optical, hyper-spectral, lidar and radar and these will be processed using a range of GIS, python and R programs. Machine learning and accuracy assessment methods will be presented.

This training will be led by Dr Steven Hancock and other staff from School of Geoscience, University of Edinburgh and supported by demonstrators. Training will be in the form of lectures, peer supported practical work and group work with PhD students from SENSE and other centres.  

Successful applicants will not be charged for taking part in this training. SENSE will reimburse accommodation costs during the training (details to be given once an offer of a place is made) however attendees will be expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements to attend the training. SENSE does not cover the costs of travel to the training location or subsistence costs throughout the week. However, tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided during morning and afternoon breaks.

Students will be required to bring their own laptops and will be given guest access to the university network. Information will be given prior to the training on any software downloads required.

The training will take place on a full time basis (9am -5pm Monday to Friday) at the University of Edinburgh, Kings Buildings campus and students must attend all sessions.


We expect students applying to have a scientific background and a strong mathematics baseline. Priority will be given to students in the earlier years of their programme who have the capacity to enhance their skills for their PhD research by completing this training.

Additional spaces for this training is funded by NERC enrichment funding therefore we seek to use this as an opportunity to widen our network of participating universities.

To apply

To apply for this training please complete the following google form deadline for applications is 30th August 2023. Successful applicants will be informed shortly afterwards.

For informal enquiries please contact